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Volume 30 • Number 4

October 2016



 

 

Reluctant Florists, Same-Sex Weddings, and Mill's Doctrine of Liberty


by Dale E. Miller


The state of Washington legalized same-sex marriage in December 2012. In March 2013, florist Barronelle Stutzman refused to provide flower arrangements for a wedding between two men, citing religious objections. Washington's Attorney General filed suit, alleging a violation of the state's Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by private businesses classed as "public accommodations." In February of 2015, Judge Alexander C. Ekstrom ruled against Stutzman.


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